@Douglas-Kryder
Yes, I remember skimming through them at the time, but now they're gone.
Anyway, I'd hazard a guess that the journey starts somewhere with learning MIPS programming at least. The closest I got to baremetal programming was x86 assembler on MS-DOS +/- 25 years ago, so I guess I'll try and reacquaint myself with that while I wait for my "See MIPS Run, 2nd edition" to arrive....